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Board of Ed chief grilled on religion, evolution

Chair divided board on Christian beliefs

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The head of the Texas Board of Education admits once quizzing potential state curriculum experts on how conservative they were.

Barbara Cargill also told the state Senate Nominations Committee on Monday that she once divided the 15-member board up based on the strength of their Christian beliefs.

Cargill is a former biology teacher and ultra-conservative who disputes the theory of evolution. In the past, she has voted to require that the theory's "weaknesses" be taught in state classrooms.

Cargill was appointed chairwoman of the board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 when the Senate wasn't session. But her reappointment this month must now be approved by the chamber.

Her revelations came following tough questions from committee member and Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson.


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